COP25 Provides Final Opportunity for Climate Change Prevention

By: Allison Lee The COP25 annual gathering officially commenced on December 2 in Madrid, Spain. The twelve-day conference consisted of over 25,000 delegates from about 200 countries and aimed to solidify plans for limiting emissions and preventing global warming.  Organizing the conference was no easy feat. COP25 was initially scheduled to occur in Brazil, but…

The Paris Agreement: Why US Withdrawal is a Mistake

By Samuel Brown Since the start of President Trump’s term, administration officials have repeatedly signaled the administration’s intention to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris Agreement. This agreement is a landmark deal that was reached at the conclusion of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference hosted in Paris, France. The goal of…

Trump’s ‘America Last’ Policies

By William Keenan ‘America First’ is the mantra that Donald Trump rode to election in 2016. This anti-interventionist and nationalist position advocated for greater promotion of and focus on U.S. businesses and citizens and a reduced role for the United States on the world stage. This position has been advocated for by others in the…

Climate Action: Another Victim of the U.S.-China Trade War

By Michael DeLeers The United States-China trade war has been a constant headline for the past few months. This makes sense considering the United States and China are the world’s two largest economies, and the tariffs they impose on one another have ramifications across the globe. One victim of the trade war has gone unmentioned,…

Backgrounder: Hurricane Dorian

By Chandrea Baster Hurricane Dorian has been the focus of weather news this past month, given the extensive financial and human cost which resulted from it rolling through the Bahamas and the United States. Hurricane Dorian first formed on August 24, 2019, and became a Category Five storm on September 1, with winds reaching 185…

Cyclone Idai Devastates Africa, UN Notes “Alarm Bell” for Climate Change

By: Tom Quinn On March 15, Cyclone Idai slammed the Southeast African countries of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, leaving approximately 1.85 million people in need of assistance. The African coastline, where a majority of the continent’s population resides, has only just begun to recuperate from the 100mph winds which destroyed tens of thousands of homes. There…

The Chilly Truth: An Examination of U.S. Arctic Policy

By: Michael Sauer Rapidly-warming temperatures are superheating the prominence of the Arctic region. The Arctic’s thawing ice sheets are in swift decline, unlocking previously inaccessible natural resources, fishing industries, and tourism opportunities. Countries around the globe are vigilantly observing the ever-changing Arctic landscape, eyeing possibilities to salvage the northern expanse. For its part, the United States…

A Sustainable Approach

By: Chandrea Baster    Pollution is a serious problem plaguing our world today. Regardless of the source, it is something that impacts our daily lives and is a severe issue that needs mending. Pollution has a variety of different origins; factories, industrial facilities, trucks, and automobiles all contribute to the amount of pollution in our air….